Jon Puvak, Gentry Locke corporate attorney

Jonathan D. Puvak

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Jon Puvak advises business organizations and governmental entities concerning commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, real estate and land use, and corporate governance matters. Jon regularly works with public and closely held entities to assist with their corporate governance and contract needs. Jon is a partner in Gentry Locke’s corporate practice. Prior to law school Jon gained corporate and real estate development experience by working with NVR, Inc., one of the nation’s largest homebuilders. In 2020, Jon was named an “Up and Coming Lawyer” by Virginia Lawyers Weekly. Jon has been recognized for his service to the Virginia State Bar and Virginia Bar Association. He is also a member of the New York State Bar.

  • Twin Brother
  • Years playing competitive soccer
  • Favorite vacation spot…Hawaii
  • When you leave the office at the end of the day, what do you like to do?

    Race home to see my wife and three young sons. They are usually still full of energy when I arrive home!

  • What essential life lesson will you teach your sons?

    Manners. Be polite and respectful to everyone you encounter.

  • What makes you unique?

    Not only am I a twin, but my twin brother is also an attorney, and his daughter and my son were born on the same day! It was an exciting surprise for us all.


  • College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, J.D.
  • Bridgewater College, B.A. summa cum laude


Business & Corporate

  • Represented businesses in negotiation, preparation, and closing of asset and stock mergers and acquisitions
  • Represented corporate clients in corporate governance matters
  • Represented individuals with new business entity formation and succession planning
  • Represented lenders and borrowers with lending and refinancing transactions
  • Represented parties in the drafting of complex domestic and international contracts
  • Represented businesses in the design, implementation, and operation of retirement plans and executive compensation plans

Real Estate/Land Use/Municipal & Local Government

  • Represented businesses and individual clients in real property transactions
  • Represented local governments and authorities in land use and environmental matters
  • Assisted clients in obtaining land use approvals and appeared before Planning Commissions, Board of Supervisors, County Boards, City Councils, and Boards of Zoning Appeals
  • Guided developers through the zoning entitlement process and coordinated with architects, engineers, and other consultants
  • Conducted feasibility and due diligence analyses for commercial real estate transactions



  • Chamber Ambassador, Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce (2016-Present)
  • Member, Virginia State Bar: Young Lawyers Division (2011-Present); Past Chair, Roanoke, Professional Development Conference; VSB Young Lawyers Conference (2016-Present); Member, VSB Communications Committee (2016-2018); Member, VSB Standing Committee on Professionalism (2018-2021)
  • Member, American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Member, The Virginia Bar Association: Young Lawyers Division (2011-Present); Past Chair, Young Lawyers Division CLE Committee (2016-2018)
  • Member, Roanoke Bar Association (2014-Present); Barrister Book Buddy (2015-Present); President-Elect (2024)
  • Member, The New York State Bar (2021-present)
  • Firm Campaign Chair, United Way of Roanoke Valley (2015-2017)
  • Graduate of Leadership Arlington, Young Professionals Program (2013)
  • Member, Urban Land Institute (2011-2015)


  • Named a “Leaders in the Law” honoree by Virginia Lawyers Weekly (2020)
  • Named an “Up and Coming Lawyer” by Virginia Lawyers Weekly (2020)
  • Named a “Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star” in Land Use/Zoning (2018-2021)
  • Designated a Legal Elite by Virginia Business in the area of Real Estate Land Use (2019)

Published Work

  • Note, Executive Branch Czars, Who are They? Are They Needed? Can/Should Congress do Anything About These Czars?, 19 WM. & MARY BILL RTS. J. 4 (2011).
The results of client matters depend on a variety of factors unique to each matter. Past successes do not predict or guarantee future successes.
Jonathan Puvak Virginia attorney